“Law, Language, and the Archive”
Third Annual Brown Legal Studies Graduate Conference
Friday, April 27
Keynote Roundtable, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Pavilion Room, Peter Green House
Discussants: Michael Vorenberg, Faiz Ahmed, Emma Amador, Holly Case, Nicholas Laluk, Emily Owens
Reception to follow
Saturday, April 28
All Saturday events will take place in Smith-Buonanno Hall
Panel 1, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Literary and Legal Negotiations of Power
Discussant: Rebecca Nedostup, Brown University
“Jurisdictional Crisis in Kashmir-Literature: Tying up the Three L's--Law, Land, and Literature,” Rajgopal Saikumar, New York University
“The People's Pendleton: The Daily Talk of Law in Rural Iowa, 1920-1928,” Emily Prifogle, Princeton University
“Over and Against [the Law]: Migration, Secularism, and Women of Color Feminisms in The Satanic Verses and The Year of the Runaways,” Lubabah Chowdhury, Brown University
Coffee break, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Panel 2, 11:00-12:30 p.m.
Gender, Power, and Performance
Discussant: Julia Gettle, Brown University
“No Body There: Law, Reading, and the Instability of Interpretation,” Hannah Frydman, Rutgers University
“Indecent: God of Vengeance and the Obscenity Trial of 1923,” Nicole Siegel, Fordham University
“Avant La Loi Veil: Collisions between Literature and Reproductive Law in Twentieth-Century France,” Georgiana Saroka, Cornell University
Lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Panel 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Contemporary Rhetoric and the Law
Discussant: Daniel Platt, Brown University
“Undocumented Dramatis Personae: Movement Narrative in a Legislative Setting,” Nabil Tueme, University of Connecticut
“An Untold History of Israel's Affirmative Action Law,” Ofra Bloch, Yale University
“Surviving Settler Colonialism: Rhetoric and Contemporary Indian Law,” Elizabeth Rule, Brown University
Coffee break, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Panel 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Creating and Confronting the Archive
Discussant: Sara Ludin, Berkeley University
“Articulating and Engaging with Notions of Legal Heritage in Early Thirteenth-Century London,” Katherine Har, University of Oxford
“An Epistemology of Cruelty: Witness Testimony in the Murder Trial of Richard Lamb, London, 1733,” Nicole Breault, University of Connecticut
“Redefining the legal archive in Post-2011 Egypt: Manshurat Qanuneya as a case study,” Nourhan Fahmy, American University in Cairo
April 2017: "Law and Democracy." Please see here for full schedule.
April 2016: 1st annual legal history graduate student conference. Drawing an interdisciplinary set of graduate students from all over the world who study the legal past, the conference provided a space for students to explore questions of methodology across a diverse set of panels:
- Law, Labor, and Commerce
- The Status of the Human in Law
- Legal Knowledge Networks
- Law and Empire
- plus, a faculty panel on "Legal Sources and the Law's Archive"
For the full 2016 schedule, please see here.